All posts tagged: audience

We Are All In This Together: A Reflection

I have now been a blogger for a year and a half, though I can truly say that it wasn’t until this semester that I truly began to understand what it means to hold the title of ‘blogger’. I feel like our tutors have taken us under their wings to refine our skills and now we are being set free into the blogging world. Thank you master. I will try to make you proud. In all honesty though, I never truly realised the intricacies in the art of blogging. My blog layouts have always been simplistic. I love the colour white (I know, how boring) but to me, the colour white has always been so elegant and classic, elements which I hope will be evident in my future career. I also loved the professional layout of the premium blog that I purchased (I was a WordPress snob and succumb to the pressure to buy a theme, but I have no regrets). I was able to incorporate so many more widgets and customize my site more freely. …

Smile! You’ve Just Been Spotted!

Technologies have in most recent years successfully invaded and integrated themselves into contemporary social spaces. Audiences are constantly consuming information from laptops, mobiles and tablets and as it would appear would much rather converse to our friends in the screens, than the real and living people who surround us, which arises the question, are we anti-social or social? As technologically savvy as we have become, are we possibly redefining the traditional social and public space as ‘people make places, more than places make people’. I for one know that I always have my phone on me, even though I may be in a social space. If I am on the train heading into university, I will be texting my friends arranging where to meet and possibly even scrolling through my Instagram, uploading photos taken as the day goes on. However I am also often using the app snapchat, where I am able to send quick snapshots of photos I have taken accompanied with text and whilst the majority of the time, these snaps may be …

An Exploration Into the Capacity of … Um … Yeah …

Attention and distraction. As university students, never have we been so familiar with the two. One minute you are touch typing fantastic study notes, whilst reading the upcoming slides and acknowledging the lecturer. The next you are in another world. Most probably a digital one. Arranging to catch up with our friends after the lecture for a coffee, though where is the best place on campus for a coffee? Suddenly however you drift back into the surrounding of the lecture hall trying to catch up with what you have missed. The decrease of attention spans in younger generations is often credited to the rise in technologies. Now one would think that technology has made us brilliant multi-taskers though as Microsoft has researched, it appears that human attention spans have dropped below the level attributed to a goldfish. Previously, I had just thought that there was attention and distraction, however as Sohlberg and Mateer have suggested, attention can be understood in three different forms, these being sustained, selective and alternating. Sustained attention is more commonly referred to …